Sir Barnes Wallis - (1887 - 1979), English aeronautical engineer and inventor. Designed the R100 airship, then became chief designer at Vickers, Weybridge, where he designed the Wellesley and Wellington bombers, with their revolutionary geodetic fuselarge structure. Designed the 'bouncing bomb' used by the British in WWII to destroy the great dams of the Ruhr area of Germany - the Möhne, Sorpe, Eder and others. Later developed the swing wing Tornado aircraft. Knighted in 1968.

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Barnes Wallis
Biography, with emphasis on his family and personal life.
BBC History: Barnes Neville Wallis
Biography, and links to other related sites.
The Dambusters
The bombing of the Ruhr dams with Barnes Wallis's bouncing bombs.
The Night the Dams Burst
Three part history of the RAF's brilliant attack on the Ruhr Dams in May 1943. By David Irving.
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